Intel Teases Next-Gen Knights Mill Xeon Phi Processor Optimized For Deep Learning

Today’s opening keynote at the Intel Developers Forum focused on a number of forward-looking AI, deep learning, connectivity and networking technologies, like 5G and Silicon Photonics. But late in the address, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager of its Data Center Group (DCG), Diane Bryant, quickly dropped a few details regarding the company’s next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Mill. Knights Mill is designed for high-performance machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads, and is currently slated for release sometime in 2017. According to Bryant, Knights Mill is optimized for scale-out analytics implementations and it will include architectural enhancements and new instructions for variable precision floating point algorithms, targeted at deep learning training.  Intel’s Xeon Phi is in competition with high-end GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD that excel at computing highly…


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